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Sep 1, 2010 10:00pm PDT
pay raise, a six-hour day, a coast-wide contract, and a working hall run by us... human dignity, rank and file democracy and human dignity. but the shipowners, they thought we wanted revolution. well, at least that's what their papers said. [bell ringing] oh, yeah, here's another one. "the communist army plans the destruction of railroad and highway facilities to paralyze transportation and communication, while san francisco and the bay area are made a focal point in a red struggle for revolution and control of the government." [dramatic musical flourish] it's amazing the fear a bunch of wharf rats could stir up, and on may 9th, we went out on our first coast-wide strike, and the day of the shape-ups, the kickbacks, and the blue books was over. [light guitar music] ♪ >> ♪ step by step ♪ the longest march ♪ can be won ♪ can be won >> ♪ many stones ♪ can form an arch ♪ singly none ♪ singly none >> ♪ and by union ♪ what we will ♪ can be accomplished still >> ♪ drops of water ♪ turn a mill ♪ singly none ♪ singly none >> we don't intend to repeat our former
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Sep 22, 2010 5:30pm PDT
connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy productive life. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: the health care reform law reached a kind of anniversary today, six months since president obama signed it into law, big new changes are set to take effect. health correspondent betty ann bowser has the story. >> hey, everybody. hello, hello! good to see you guys! >> reporter: the president marked the occasion in a northern virginia neighborhood today. his goal: to sell the six-month- old law to voters, six weeks before the mid-term elections. >> and so what we realized was we had to take some steps to start dealing with these underlying, chronic problems that have confronted our economy for a very long time. and health care was one of those issues that we could no longer ignore. so it was bankrupting familie
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Sep 7, 2010 5:30pm PDT
away from us yet. we're eight weeks away from election day. you see a lot of democrats in very tough districts really starting to put distance between themselves and the national democrats, president obama, speaker pelosi. >> lehrer: you also believe looking further at those polls about dissatisfaction with government. there's stuff in there that needs to be noted as well, correct some. >> awe-i have looked all year long. it's this volatility, almost anger that exists inside the electorate. take a look at these numbers because this is fascinating when you look at it through history. today 78% of respondents say tler dissatisfied or angry with government and how government works versus 22% who are satisfied or enthusiastic. compare that, jim, to november 1994. you remember bill clinton was president. newt gingrich, the republican revotion and the takeover of the house of representatives, you are seeing more dissatisfaction and anger in the electorate now than you did when republicans won 54 seats and took over the house. >> lehrer: now these two words d dissatisfaction" and "ang
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Sep 8, 2010 5:30pm PDT
4.6 million truckloads off the road every year. bnsf, the engine that connects us. and the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> lehrer: the president accused the republicans of being fiscally irresponsible, but admitted that his own policies have not worked as quickly as hoped. congressional correspondent kwame holman reports. >> we got some business to do today. >> reporter: just eight weeks from election day, the president made his pitch in cleveland today to help the sputtering u.s. economy >> that means making long-term investmentin education and clean energy; in basic research, technology, and infrastructure. >> reporter: and he also took a stand against extending the bush era tax cuts for the top 2% of earners, setting up a pre- election fight with republicans in congress. he
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Sep 10, 2010 5:30pm PDT
going to move us forward versus the policies that will get us back into a mess, then i think the democrats will do very well. >> holman: one such policy is mr. obama's push to extend middle-class tax cuts, something he argued should garner bipartisan support. >> 97% of americans make less than $250,000 a year... $250,000 a year or less. and i'm saying we can give those families-- 97%-- permanent tax relief. now, that seems like a common- sense thing to do. and what i've got is the republicans holding middle-class tax relief hostage because they're insisting we've got to give tax relief to millionaires and billionaires to the tune of about $100,000 per millionaire, >> holman: on health care, the president was pressed about a government report showing health care costs on the rise. that, despite the passage of legislation aimed at bending down the cost curve. >> we didn't think that we were going to cover 30 million people for free, but that the long-term trend, in terms of how much the average family is going to be paying for health insurance, is going to be improved as a conseque
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Aug 31, 2010 10:00pm PDT
who opposed it. and all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hopes for iraq's future. throughout our history, america has been willing to bear the burden of promoting liberty and human dignity overseas, understanding its links to our own liberty and security. but we have also understood that our nation's strength and influence abroad must be firmly anchored in our prosperity at home. and the bedrock of that prosperity must be a growing middle class. unfortunately, over the last decade, we've not done what's necessary to shore up the foundations of our own prosperity. we spent a trillion dollars at war. often financed by borrowing from overseas. this in turn has shortchanged investments in our own people and contributed to record deficits. for too long we have put off tough decisions on everything from our manufacturing base to our energy policy to education reform. as a result, too many middle class families find themselves working harder for less while our nation's long-term competitiveness is put at risk. and so at this moment, as we wind down the
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Sep 17, 2010 5:30pm PDT
, count us out. >> woodruff: the consumer protection bureau's first task will be a forum on mortgage disclosures next tuesday. for a closer look at elizabeth warren and the new agency she is to get up and running, we turn to two people who have followed developments closely: bert ely is a banking industry consultant who heads his own firm in northern virginia; and lynn stout is professor of corporate and securities law at the university of california, los angeles. thank you batt for being with us. lynn stout i'm going to start with you, we are just heard two voices critical of elizabeth warren, why do you think she is the right person for this job? >> she's very clearly the right person for the job because she thought up the job. elizabeth warren has been tracking problems with consumer protection in borrowing practices for many years. she's one of the first people to identify that this was a cause of personal bankruptcies and that people were gettinging into trouble unnecessarily and through fraudulent and predatory practices. and indeed the entire agency is her idea. she really is
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Sep 28, 2010 5:30pm PDT
three of us decided to go in together on a real estate investment and i said i have a plan. we'll build a 3,000 square foot house that will fit only one family you would say to me that's not a very good plan. we should bill a building where we can maximize the amount of rent that flows through it and have people with just as much living space as they need. the single family house in america is a poor investment by design. go back 30 years and you had houses that were 1700 square feet. today they've come down over the past year a little bit but they're still 2400 square feet own though the size of the average american family has gotten smaller over that time. clearly houses today are mostly consumption. they're not designed for investment. there's nothing wrong with home ownership. just don't go into it thinking you're going to get rich. go into it because you have a lot of money and you want something nice. >> brown: carl case, what do you think about that? >> i agree with that. there are negative surprises that happen when you buy a home too. i mean, you don't realize that it's l
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Sep 20, 2010 10:00pm PDT
complaints commission. scott worden, thank you for joining us. tell us what you saw this weekend during the voting. >> well, i was stationed in kabul as an observer. and i visited about ten different stations throughout the city, some in more rural areas, some right in the heart of town. and in the polling stations that i saw, there were relatively few problems. there were plenty of voters. the procedures went along smoothly. and really people were out to vote and were-- seemed to be happy with the process. >> ifill: so how was the turnout. i heard reports that turnout was supposed to be considered stty. >> yes, i think that's true. certainly the areas that i was seeing had good security. they were right around kabul and there were very visible police presence around the city. so it is not surprising that the turnout was relatively good. i think most of the polling stations we saw were at least half full. however, as you know, the security situation in much of the country throughout the country was a lot worse. and that had a significant impact on turnout. and i think that turnout can be ex
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Sep 6, 2010 10:00pm PDT
can tell us, well, you know what? the economy is tough. you guys have to accept all these cuts. when they were making money hand over fist. >> reporter: the fact is for all the union's efforts, the company has been able to find replacement workers for a very simple reason. >> the unemployment rate is approximately 9.8% in the area. >> reporter: local firms like xerox and kodak have been shedding jobs for years, leaving a reserve work force that makes the mott strike seem quick. >> workers in the united states represented by unions have been engaged in a lowered number of strikes today than at any time since we've seen in the last 40 years. >> reporter: economist andrew sum, a former union steelworker himself, runs a labor center at northeastern university. >> there's no need to pay workers more. workers do not have the collective bargaining power to demand that they get paid more. so as a result, the upper hand at the current time is held by corporations. >> i've been hearing it for two years now from the h.r.- manager in here, don't your people realize that we're in a recessio
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Sep 13, 2010 5:30pm PDT
so that they actually think that they can take even more risk. >> brown: john cassidy, now bring us up to date. what's now happened in basil? you have these new rules. what jumps out to you as being important particularly vis-a-vis thinking about what happened two years ago? >> well, one of the things we learned two years ago is that banks are dangerous. they perform very useful functions in society. they redistribute money and resources. but if they go wrong, they can bring down the entire system with them. so we need to do everything we can to make banks safer. one of the things we can do is make them hold more money in reserve for when they get into trouble. a couple of years ago most banks were holding only two or three cents on the dollar for every asset they held. if the markets turned against them they could get into trouble very quickly. what this new banking regulation is about, the one set up in switzerland over the weekend, is forcing banks to hold more money against losses. i think that's a good idea. it's an obvious thing to do but, you know, it was necessary. >> brown:
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Sep 3, 2010 5:30pm PDT
that it may linger over us for longer than we thought, which means more rain. >> sreenivasan: and in massachusetts, governor deval patrick warned against under-rating the storm. >> the public should continue to take precautions-- stay indoors and off the roads during the height of the storm. exercise extreme caution this afternoon when winds pick up. >> sreenivasan: out on the bay state's coast, inmates from the plymouth county jail shoveled and stacked sandbags. nearly 400 out-of-state utility crews were staged and ready. but as earl kept moving, officials up and down the coast hoped to salvage tourist revenue through labor day weekend. another bombing in pakistan has killed 54 people. it happened in quetta in the southwest, the latest in a series of such attacks. a suicide bomber targeted shiites staging a pro- palestinian rally and procession through the city. police said 160 people were wounded. the pakistani taliban claimed responsibility, and a spokesman claimed the group will launch attacks in america and europe very soon. in afghanistan, the u.s. death toll rose again, wit
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Sep 27, 2010 5:30pm PDT
. paper now on the table. and the goal is to use the seven days to work this out so this issue is diffused. so by the time the arabs convene their arab league meeting, this issue is off the table. as ghaith said there is an historical interest here because, in fact, when the israelis got out of gaza they pulled out 8,000 settlers. they got out-of-egypt, they pulled the settlers out of the sinai so, when it came to war and peace, the parties ultimately do find a way but right now this obstacle is hanging out there. >> and how optimistic are you about getting past that obstacle. >> i'm very optimistic. i simply ask not imagine the other side coming to the u.s. president, president obama and saying here, we're handing you a failure one month not process. it's unthinkable, inconceivable at the moment. as i said i think the strategic interest of palestinians and israelis is only through a negotiated process. they might position and posture and do brinksmanship but ultimately there is no other option in the long term but to negotiate. >> ghaith al onari and david mckovsky, thank you ver
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Sep 23, 2010 5:30pm PDT
people, the american people will want to work with us to come to grips with these challenges that face our country. >> reporter: back at the capitol, reaction from democrats was swift and critical. house majority leader steny hoyer. >> pledges are easy to make, but the american voter needs to look at performance. who left a $5.6 trillion surplus for the last administration that was then squandered by two wars, two tax cuts and a drug prescription bill which we like but all of which was unpaid for? all of which was unpaid for. so i say to my friends on the other side talk is cheap. >> reporter: hoyer's fellow marylander-- chris van hollen-- is in charge of the mid-term campaign for house democrats. he called the republican plan just "more of the same." >> what they've done is taken eight years of bush administration policies and recycled them and repackaged them and they're trying to sell it as something different when if you look very carefully at the key provisions, it's those failed policies all over again. >> reporter: republican leaders dismissed the democratic darts. they said the
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Sep 29, 2010 5:30pm PDT
say there is an enthusiasm gap and that the same >> brown: the president also used stronger words this week to make his point. he told "rolling stone" magazine that disaffected democrats need to buck up. >> it is inexcusable for any democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election. that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible. >> brown: on monday, in new hampshire, vice president joe biden went further. he said democrats need to remind their base to stop whining. still, some libel bloggers-- like jane hamsher of firedoglake.com-- warn the president is running a risk, in scolding his own supporters. >> he is telling voters on the democratic base that they are irresponsible. that you know they're slackers, that they don't care enough to show up. and it's really... it really could depress democratic turnout in the fall. >> brown: today, though, a new n.b.c./ "wall street journal" poll suggested the obama-biden message may be having an impact. it found that among likely voters, 46% want republicans running congress to 43
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Sep 15, 2010 5:30pm PDT
from ricocheting bullets. police said the taliban are using the rallies to incite violence, ahead of next week's elections. lawmakers in france voted today to raise the retirement age to 62 to stem losses in the pension system. the national assembly, the lower house of the french parliament, approved sweeping retirement reforms after a contentious overnight debate. outside, several thousand people protested, demanding the bill be withdrawn. france's current retirement age is 60, one of the youngest in the european union. president nicolas sarkozy's plan now goes to the french senate for debate. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to gwen. >> ifill: we take closer look at yesterday's twists and turns with three strategists who follow them for a living: republican kevin madden, democrat steve mcmahon and matt kibbe, president of the conservative advocacy group freedomworks and co-author of a book on tea party politics. i have to start by asking you, can kevin madden, what happened last night? >> look, i think what you saw was a very-- an electorate that is very animate
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Sep 21, 2010 10:00pm PDT
inhoff of oklahoma. >> it's a political mistake, a dumb thing to do to try to use the defense authorization bill in times of war to advance a liberal agenda. what is that? to have open gays serving in the military. >> lehrer: supporters of repeal argued the bill's language would authorize it only after a pentagon survey of troops and after the president certifies morale would not be affected. connecticut independent democrat joseph lieberman. >> that provision does not go into effect until 60 days after the president of the united states, the secretary of defense, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff all certify in writing that repeal is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effective, unit cohesion and recruiting, and retention of the armed forces. >> lehrer: the president, back in his state of the union address, made clear he wants repeal. >> this year i will work with congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. >> lehrer: as for the public a "
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Sep 24, 2010 10:00pm PDT
david herszenhorn, who covers capitol hill for "the new york times." thanks for being back with us. so what's this delay all about? >> well, the senate clearly doesn't want to get embroiled in this issue before the election. it's just too unpredictable and the story line for democrats is clean, as things stand now. they're making the case that republicans would block tax relief for the middle class to hold out for tax break force the wealthy. republicans, of course shall want to extend those tax cuts for everyone. and so it's easier in the view of democrats to push this until a lame duck session. the political situation will obviously be less intense then. but as you said, the house speaker today left open the possibility of forcing a vote. and that could get really interesting next week. >> woodruff: now why the different calculus in the senate and in the house. >> the calculus probably isn't different. the conventional wisdom still is that in the end the house will decide to go home and campaign without taking this vote. but there's no reason for speaker pelosi to relent right no
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Sep 16, 2010 5:30pm PDT
flooding was horrific but it really was an opportunity for us to try something new and better for our patients. >> lehrer: gwen ifill has a conversation with online editor and liberal commentator arianna huffington on her new book about the declining middle class. >> warner: and jeffrey brown talks with composer and musician herbie hancock, whose 70th birthday tour fuses jazz with global beats. >> taking what happens and trying to make it work. at's something i add life >> lehrer: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> this is the engine that connects abundant grain from the american heartland to haran's best selling whole wheat, while keeping 60 billion pounds of carbon out of the atmosphere every year. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy productive life. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcas
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Sep 6, 2010 5:30pm PDT
, theen engine that connects us. >> chevron. this is the power of human energy. >> intel. sponsors of tomorrow. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation, supporting science, technology and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: president obama spent this labor day in the midwest to rally with union members and unveil a new plan to promote job growth. but even as he sharpend his focus on the economy, his political opponents sharpened their responses. >> around the nation this holiday, parades, barbecues and a continuing unease over the dismal jobs market. coming just after friday's report showing unemployment had edgeded up again to 9.6%, this was a labor day in which the state of the american work force was very much front and center. with that in mind and with a mid-term election just two months off, president obama we
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Sep 9, 2010 5:30pm PDT
god would want us to do it, that the american people do not want the mosque there and, of course, muslims do not want us to burn the koran . the imam has agreed to move the mosque. we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> suarez: the pressure on pastor jones from around the world had been increasing on him throughout the day. just this morning, president obama added his voice to those of international leaders asking jones to call it off saying it would be a "recruitment bonanza for al qaeda." >> as commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the united states, i just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in iraq, who are in afghanistan. >> reporter: in response to fears of retaliation, the state department issued a travel warning today for citizens abroad. it also ordered u.s. embassies around the world to ramp up their security in preparation. in pakistan and afghanistan today protestors burned u.s. flags and shouted anti-american slogans in anticipation of the weekend bur
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Sep 2, 2010 5:30pm PDT
five months after parliamentary elections. some of the political players may decide to use violence themselves as a pressure point. >> lehrer: newshour correspondent spencer michels examines the impact of u.s. supreme court rulings on local gun regulations in california. >> among the first results of the supreme court decisions on guns: gun shows like this may become more common in california. >> woodruff: plus an encore lo at jeffrey brown's profile of tap dance great maurice hines passing the torch and tradition to a new generation. >> lehrer: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> lehrer: the east coast kept a weather eye on the sea today, waiting for the arrival of hurricane earl. the storm weakened some during the day, but still had winds of 115 miles an hour. in kill devil hills, north carolina,
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Sep 1, 2010 5:30pm PDT
, margaret warner spoke with vice president biden. they met in a building north of baghdad that used to be saddam hussein' hunting lodge. >> mr. vice president, thank you for having us. >> happy to be with you, margaret. i really am. >> reporter: last night president obama said we have met our responsibility in iraq. we've been here a while. a lot of iraqis say to you, "you haven't. you came to our country, dictatorship, but at least we had services and we had security. now we don't have either." what do you say to them? i mean have we met our responsibility? >> the vast majority of iraqis i speak to acknowledge there is a great deal more security than there ever has been since the beginning of the war, number one. number two, the president said we have met our combat responsibilities, he means by that we have trained up 650,000 iraqi forces, and i might add, crack special forces, who really can do the job. but the president also pointed out that this is just the beginning of our engagement with iraq. we are ramping up our diplomatic and civilian engagement. we want to participate in helpi
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Sep 14, 2010 5:30pm PDT
one once jailed in teheran, about today's release and what it tells us about the regime. >> brown: then margaret warner interviews former british prime minister and united nations envoy tony blair about the newest round of middle east peace talks. >> i find it hard to see if these two political leader s in this context with an american administration pushing for a deal, if we can't get one, i don't know where we go from there. >> ifill: fred de sam lazaro has the story of a jewish entrepreneur working with palestinians and israelis for both peace and profit. >> brown: susan dentzer of "health affairs" and karen tumulty of the "washington post" sort through the latest give- and-take on health care politics. >> ifill: and we sit down with writer and cartoonist austin kleon for a dose of poetry inspired by newspaper prose. >> what i found out is that i need to treat the newspaper as a blank canvas in order to really come up with a good poem. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: and with the ongoing support of these
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Aug 31, 2010 5:30pm PDT
. john, tell us what sort of differences do you think these changes are going to actually make. >> there is a range of measures, actually, in these new regulations, which are intended to prevent cases of child abuse occurring. it is difficult to see how effective they are going to be. obviously the intention is good. theaspect thais going to be grabbing headlines in germany in tomorrow's this papers will be the fact that the german newspapers have committed themselves in all 27 diocese to contact the police to report cases of child abuse to the police as soon as there is a reasonable suspicion that child abuse has taken place, with the sole exception, they say, and this should be a rare exception -- if the victim himself or herself insists upon the police not being informed. that is very unusual, particarlyinceany people do not realize there is no legal obligation whatsoever for anyone to report a case of sexual abuse. this is a particular restraint the church is voluntarily placing on itself. >> i have spoken myself to a lot of child sex abuse victims, especially in the church, and woul
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